Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Reading Envy 030: Bring Back the Guillotine!

Jenny sits down with Bryan Alexander (from Reading Envy Episodes 002, 011, and 019) and Steen Hansen at the Reading Envy Pub to discuss books.  It should be said that until we sat down, we had not known the books would fit so well together. Just a normal day of reading serendipity!

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Featured books:



The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Other mentions of books, authors, movies, and blog posts:

One of Ours by Willa Cather
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Our Man in Havana by Graham Greene
The Quiet American by Graham Greene
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal by Ben Macintyre
Declare by Tim Powers
The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré
The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad
The 39 Steps - movie
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Under the Skin by Michel Faber
Larry Niven
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
Embassytown by China Miéville
Jack Vance
Ursula K. Le Guin
Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community by Robert D. Putnam
Bryan Alexander's blog discussion of Our Kids by Robert Putnam
Norton Critical Editions
The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Apocalypse Now - movie
Bernie Sanders
The Wire - tv series
Kim Stanley Robinson article about the Booker Awards - through New Scientist magazine (requires subscription)
Robert Graves
Margaret Atwood
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver - interview with Edward Snowden

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Steen will remain mysterious.
 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Jenny's Library Books Mid-May 2015

Life has been crazy since the beginning of April. New dogs (yes, that's plural), the end of the semester, the start of the May term (where I teach a storytelling class) - I'm surprised I've read anything at all! I brought home a few more books from the library and think it's fun to talk about.

I took this first picture when I had to return some books I had borrowed through interlibrary loan. One duplicates April's list, and another appears on both piles. Did I mention I'm not sleeping much with the yelping puppy?


The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
Southern by the Grace of God by Lewis Grizzard
The Hired Man by Aminatta Forna
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay
Back in the Day Bakery Made With Love by Cheryl and Griffith Day
The Adventures of Odysseus by Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden

The Marías and Yumi were recommended to me, the Forna was for my International book club and the Grizzard was the moderator pick for my Southern literature book club. The rest I either came across in my reading or on the shelf at the library. The Keegan will be discussed on an upcoming episode of the podcast, and I hope to meet the Days tomorrow at the SC Book Festival. 


Doyle the boxer mix puppy


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Reading Envy 029: Joni Tevis and the Secret Shape


Jenny sits down with the writer Joni Tevis to discuss her upcoming book of essays, what inspires her to write, and the writers she likes to read. 

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Featured books:



The World is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse by Joni Tevis
The Wet Collection: A Field Guide to Iridescence and Memory by Joni Tevis


Other books and authors mentioned:

Michel de Montaigne
David Foster Wallace
The Joseph Cornell Box
Chuck Close
Middlemarch by George Eliot
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
"Total Eclipse" by Annie Dillard
Annie Dillard
Annie Proulx
Anne Carson
The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
Things That Are by Amy Leach

Upcoming and recent readings by Joni Tevis:

May 2, 4 pm - Fiction Addiction (Greenville, SC)
May 16, 7 pm - Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe (Asheville, NC)
May 20, 7 pm - Hub City Bookshop (Spartanburg, SC)
June 12, 6:30 pm - Avid Bookstore (Athens, GA)
July 22, 7 pm - Politics and Prose (Washington DC)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Reading Envy 028: The Room of Requirement

Jenny sits down in a book-lined room with her friend David Galloway to discuss books. This is a slightly abridged version of that conversation.

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David in the "room of requirement:"



Books discussed:

 

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
Open City by Teju Cole
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Renascence and Other Poems by Edna St. Vincent Millay

Other books and things mentioned

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Burbs
S. by J.J. Abrams
Piers Anthony

Flannery O'Connor
Graham Greene
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
G. K. Chesterton
Nathan Coulter by Wendell Berry
Every Day is for the Thief by Teju Cole
Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
Veronika Decides to Die by Paolo Coelho
The Legend of Beggar Vance by Steven Pressfield
Spinster by Kate Bolick

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Reading Envy 027: A Conference of Librarians

What do you call a gathering of librarians? The ALA Think Tank group in Facebook recently had this discussion (you need a Facebook account to see it).  Jenny recently attended the Association for College and Research Libraries Conference in Portland, Oregon, and asked the librarians she met what they had read lately. We decided to make this a bonus episode of the podcast. Some of the members of Jenny's family also contributed. You will probably be impressed by the wide range of what librarians read.

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Books discussed:



Dangerous Angels by Francesca Lia Block
January Thaw by Jess Lourey
A Corner in the Marais: Memoir of a Paris Neighborhood by Alex Karmel
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Shadows of Death by Jeanne M. Dams
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
March: Book 1 by John Robert Lewis and Andrew Ayden
March: Book 2 by John Robert Lewis and Andrew Ayden
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard by Laura Bates
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb
The Managed Heart: Commercialization of Human Feeling by Arlie Russell Hochschild
How to Be a Victorian by Ruth Goodman
Area X: The Southern Reach Trilogy by Jeff VanderMeer
Saving Turtles: A Kids' Guide to Helping Endangered Creatures by Sue Carstairs
Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning by Peter Jarvis
The Sign Painter by Davis Bunn
Born on a Blue Day: Inside the Extraordinary Mind of an Autistic Savant by Daniel Tammet
Butterfly Mosque: A Young American Woman's Journey to Love and Islam by G. Willow Wilson
Balthazar by Lawrence Durrell
Pacific Edge by Kim Stanley Robinson
Ghost Moth by Michele Forbes
The Glass Kitchen by Linda Francis Lee
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II by Mitchell Zuckoff

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